Re: RFC: patch to allow lock-free traversal of lists with insertion

Date: Tue Oct 09 2001 - 03:21:45 EST

Dipankar Sarma wrote:

>On Tue, Oct 09, 2001 at 12:43:55PM +0530, BALBIR SINGH wrote:
>>1) On Alpha this code does not improve performance since we end up using spinlocks
>>for my_global_data anyway, I think you already know this.
>It may if you don't update very often. It depends on your
>read-to-write ratio.
>>The approach is good, but what are the pratical uses of the approach. Like u mentioned a newly
>>added element may not show up in the search, searches using this method may have to search again
>>and there is no way of guaranty that an element that we are looking for will be found (especially
>>if it is just being added to the list).
>>The idea is tremendous for approaches where we do not care about elements being newly added.
>>It should definitely be in the Linux kernel :-)
>Either you see the element or you don't. If you want to avoid duplication,
>you could do a locked search before inserting it.
>Like I said before, lock-less lookups are useful for read-mostly
>data. Yes, updates are costly, but if they happen rarely, you still benefit.
How does this compare to the Read-Copy-Update mechanism? Is this just another way of implementing
it, given different usage rules.



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